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Favorite Outdoor Destination

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I have decided to dedicate this week as “Favorites” Week! I am ending this week with Favorite Outdoor Destination.

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What is Your Ultimate Favorite Outdoor Destination? YOU can ONLY pick 1 – sorry!

Yosemite National Park! I have to say this place has it ALL when it comes to an outdoor destination. You can camp, explore on foot or bike and just adventure! Before you know it, it is time to leave.

Yosemite (Photo by RSheridan)

Tunnel View (Photo by RSheridan)

Yosemite is a place that MUST be seen in person – pictures just DO NOT do this place justice! You come to enjoy the escape to the Great Outdoors and ALL that it has to offer from the breathtaking views to the wildlife. In the main sections of the park you may find a little hustle and bustle, however; there is enough room to escape to your own little corner of the park! You will become bear aware in a very short time here too, especially depending on the season.

Half Dome (Photo by RSheridan)

Yosemite Falls (Photo by RSheridan)

I am not going to lie some of the hiking trails in Yosemite put up a quite a challenge! Just when you think you can climb no more you climb some more. Then you think great we are now climbing down, however; my knees are now screaming at me. I have experienced the hiker look in Yosemite. You are dusty and dirty from the trail and STARVING!!!

Trailhead Marker (Photo by RSheridan)

On the Trail (Photo by RSheridan)

Yosemite offers various options for lodging, so you do not need to be the outdoors type to enjoy the experience of the park! Also, there are many activities to choose from, so you can pull up a chair, wander or hit the trail for a day of fun. You can drive on through for a quick looksie, come for the day or stay for a few days. You will leave a piece of yourself in Yosemite as well as take a piece of Yosemite with you in your heart – trust me it is that special of a place!

Curry Village Tent Cabins (Photo by RSheridan)

Sentinel Dome (Photo by RSheridan)

Please Share Your Favorite Outdoor Destination!

The Great Outdoors

The Great Outdoors

Hopefully your idea of the great outdoors is NOT like Dan Aykroyd and John Candy in The Great Outdoors. A marauding bear, crazy raccoons, bats in the middle of the night, a wild thunderstorm.  Fun Fact:  The Great Outdoors was actually shot on location in Bass Lake, California, a small resort town near Yosemite National Park. Yosemite is truly a place where you can explore and enjoy the great outdoors.

Escape, Explore & Experience . . .

Who does not enjoy wide open spaces after a day or week of hanging out in cubeland! Have you noticed the cubes are shrinking lately? Maybe the cubes are shrinking because the workload continues to increase and the paperwork and files are taking over – what about that paperless system! Did I lose you? Have I stressed you out? Have you run out of the office after reading this to the great outdoors?

Yes, Escape, Explore & Experience the Great Outdoors. The BIGGEST PLAYGROUND is just out your front door – take advantage of it.

#1 Escape

The 1st step is escaping the hustle and bustle and to just get moving, get outside. Take advantage of the Green Spaces in the cities we live as well as the State and National parks nearby. Like I stated above one big playground waiting to be used for enjoyment.

#2 Explore

The next step is twofold in being open to exploring as well as being adventurous. What an Adrenaline Rush at times! You may never know if you like to do something unless you try it first – right.

Okay, I realize not everyone is a fan of the great outdoors. Trust me when I say there are plenty of options that do not require getting dirty, putting up with insects and snakes, and having close encounters with the local wildlife. You can and will find your comfort zone when it comes to the great outdoors.

The majority of people enjoying the great outdoors wear the outdoors with pride, like a badge of honor. You may over hear mountain bikers talking about falls, scraps & scars. I have hiked many trails in Yosemite and afterwards you have that hiker stance, are covered in dust and looking for food because you are STARVING! You can so rock helmet hair after a long bike ride – at least you know you got out there and did it. Trust me when I say after an hour or so in the great outdoors nothing will mess with you because you STINK!!!

#3 Experience

At the end of the day it is all about the experience – what you did, what you accomplished & what memories you made! I am not saying that you do not live life if you never go outside, but it sure makes it a better experience if you do. I recall my experience with the Panaroma Trail in Yosemite. Was I totally prepared for the experience? No! Was it challenging? Yes! Did I do it and enjoy it? Yes & No! I ate that trail and spit it out and it bit me back with a sprained knee, but I will never forget it – not one of my finest moments, but the best experience of my life!

If You Love the Great Outdoors, Join Us In Raising Your Hand – Here’s to the Great Outdoor Warriors (it lives inside of each and every one of us just have to release it)!!!

Yosemite National Park – Make It Your Own!

Yosemite is unique in that you can make it your own and create your own experiences. Yosemite has its own meaning to each individual that visits the park. I think I can speak for the majority of people who have visited Yosemite you are not the same when you leave – it is that type of place!

(Photo by RSheridan)

We have made many trips to Yosemite – mainly in the Fall and then in 2010 in the Spring. I am not going to bore you with every detail of our many trips – that would be like being trapped in someone’s living room watching years and years worth of slide presentations unless you like that – to each their own.

I want to share the Highlights of Yosemite with you. I will start with some of the trails we hiked and explored throughout Yosemite. Click On – Two Great Online Resources 1) Yosemite & 2) Yosemite Hikes.

Yosemite Valley Hikes

  • Bridalveil Fall
  • Happy Isles
  • Lower Yosemite Falls
  • Mirror Lake (biked)
  • Sentinel Meadow & Cook’s Meadow Loop Trail
  • Upper Yosemite Falls (included hiking to Columbia Rock)
  • Vernal Falls Foot Bridge
  • Vernal Falls & Nevada Falls (Mist Trail & John Muir Trail)

Southern Yosemite Trails

  • Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias

Glacier Point Trails

  • Four-Mile Trail from Glacier Point to the Valley Floor
  • Glacier Point
  • Panorama Trail from Glacier Point to Nevada Falls to Vernal Falls to the Valley Floor
  • Sentinel Dome

My Top 3 List

  1. Tunnel View (see Half Dome & El Capitan)
  2. Glacier Point
  3. Vernal Falls
Half Dome (Photo by RSheridan)

You may or may not see that bear you were expecting to see and may see that bear in the most unexpecting way too. There are so many things to see and do that you probably do not know even where to jump off to start your experience. One idea is to just start exploring and another idea is to follow the masses of people because more than likely you will end up in one of the places you wanted to see. Another great place to start is at the Visitor’s Center – check out the current movie playing.

You can shuttle, walk, hike or bike Yosemite – rent a horse even for a trail ride. Your lodging can be as simple as pitching a tent to luxurious accommodations at the Ahwahnee Hotel. Your dining options are vast from cooking on the barbie to tucking into a pizza pie at Curry Village to brunch at the Ahwahnee. Do not forget to check out the Ranger programs throughout the day or join the Sierra Club for a lecture. You can make friends or find solitude while there. There is endless possibilities of things to see and do while visiting Yosemite.


Vernal Falls (Photo by RSheridan)

Hetch Hetchy – Yosemite

We took a side trip to Hetch Hetchy in June 2010 while visiting the Columbia, California area.

Hetch Hetchy Reservoir (Photo by RSheridan)

Hetch Hetchy is located on the east side of the park. The drive to the reservoir takes about a half-hour and you will drive through Camp Mather (now a San Francisco city park). Your drive will take you along the Tuolumne River curving you above the Poopenaut Valley. You will not be disappointed with the views heading in and coming out of the valley.

We planned for about two hours to visit Hetch Hetchy that included stopping on the way out for a picnic lunch. We found a picnic table along the side of the road that offered great views of the valley.

The parking was a little confusing for us. There are two parking areas – the first before the reservoir and the second at the reservoir. We could not find a place to park at the first location and that led us down the road to the second parking area which is the one we really wanted. I think the first parking area is for visitors who want to take a hike.

You can walk across the O’Shaughnessy Dam and look out to the Reservoir. The dam covers the valley under 300 feet of water and is the drinking water for San Francisco. You will be able to see Wapama Falls from the dam. There is also Tueeulala Falls. You can go hiking in this area too. We decided to skip a hike and get back to wine country for more tasting instead. A good hike to take would be to Wapama Falls.

Click here for a larger view.
O’Shaughnessy Dam (Photo by RSheridan)

I enjoyed visiting this part of the park and getting to know its history. If you look hard enough and have seen the Yosemite Valley you may see some similarities.

U.S. National Parks

I have visited my fair share of National Parks throughout the years. I want to see Yellowstone in Wyoming and Zion, Bryce and Canyonlands in Utah. I have a few favorites, however; every experience is unique and lets you create your own experiences that will last a lifetime. Some experiences remind me of my childhood while other experiences remind me of the time spent there with my spouse. I have found a new passion in my life through traveling and hiking – landscape photography and now have found a passion for writing about my experiences.

There have been encounters with wildlife – bears, deer, coyotes, marmots, squirrels, lizards and a bat – yes a bat – a bat decided to roost on the outside of our tent trailer and we did not know it was there until we went to close up the trailer. Then we headed to The Redwoods and had our very first close encounter with a bear – one smelly bear with a lot to chuff about that bumped our trailer at 4 am – we did not request a wake up call but received one anyway!

Get out there and visit your parks – the adventures await and remain with you for a lifetime.

Squirrel in Yosemite trying to get a handout – SAY WHAT! No Trail Mix for Me! (Photo by RSheridan)

Yosemite (a favorite)
Redwood National & State Parks (had our 1st bear encounter here)
Alcatraz Island (another favorite)
Golden Gate National Recreation Area
Lassen Volcanic National Park (Check Out the Bumpass Hell Trail – interesting, smelly and  expect  to be covered in white, gray dirt on the hike in and back)
Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks
Devils Postpile National Monument
Point Reyes National Seashore (Gorgeous & the Cows make Great Cheese – mmmm)
Death Valley National Park (drove around it – would like to go back for an actual visit)

Crater Lake National Park (Water So Blue and an Island called Wizard Island)
Oregon Caves National Monument

Nevada and Arizona and Hawaii:
Lake Mead National Recreation Area (drove across the Hoover Dam – cool!)
Grand Canyon National Park (Majestic)
USS Arizona Memorial (an important part of American History)

Montana and Wyoming and South Dakota:
Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument
Devils Tower National Monument (Remember Close Encounters of the Third Kind movie)
Mount Rushmore National Monument
Badlands National Park

Arkansas and Tennessee and Florida:
Hot Springs National Park (the hot springs still run under the streets and most fountains have hot water coming out of them)
Great Smokey Mountains National Park (a favorite)
Everglades National Park (went on an air boat tour and there was a gator guarding the dock to the boat)

Travels Abound – Get Out There!!!

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